Christmas can be a rough time for children living in the foster care system. Being away from the family they’ve been with their entire lives and living in a new environment, most often temporarily, can be difficult for youngsters to adjust to. With that in mind, Arrow Child and Family Ministries went out of their way to ensure 14 children had a holiday celebration to remember.
Arrow Ministries is responsible for training and licensing potential foster families in the U.S. The Beaumont program office recently opened in September of this year and has nine families under its supervision.
Those nine families gathered together Saturday, Dec. 10, to spend the evening at a Christmas celebration at Terra Bella Stables in Beaumont, giving them the opportunity to enjoy not only a few treats but also a number of activities.
Among the activities, they took part in painting a ceramic horse to bring home, as well as painting a real horse and going on a guided horseback ride.
“They loved it,” said Kim Williams of Arrow. “I’ve had phone calls, e-mails and plenty of kids have told me they had a good time and really enjoyed it.”
But no Christmas party would be complete without a visit from the big man, so Santa himself stopped by the celebration with a number of goodies for the children to bring home.
“Each child received a gift, and each gift was sponsored by a local tennis club,” said Williams. “They all got about three gifts apiece.”
As far as the celebration, Williams said, “It’s something fun to do. Terra Bella was gracious to provide the stables. It was fun, different; it exposed them to new and different things like riding a horse or painting a live horse.”
Arrow is currently looking for its next group of foster families, and Williams said training and licensing will begin in early January. For more information about Arrow or becoming a foster family, call (409) 835-1864.